Technology: The Beatles, Year One

The fans scream in the cold at New York City's Idlewild Airport at the arrival of their four idols, whom they hadn't even heard of three months earlier. The press asks the mop tops when they're going to get a haircut, and George gets a laugh when he replies, earnestly, "I had one yesterday." In a crowded elevator, Paul lightens the mood by announcing, "Ladies and gentlemen, on your right you'll see the Washington Memorial." Running down a hotel corridor, George mimics the mob outside--"Ban the bomb!"--and John ad-libs, "Ban the Pope." Trapped in their suite, Ringo plaintively asks, "Are we...

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